Pope on AIDS: Blame condoms!

Pope Benedict says providing people with tools for safe sex actually worsens the epidemic.

Published March 17, 2009 10:30PM (EDT)

Pope Benedict has made headlines today for declaring during his visit to Cameroon that the AIDS epidemic "cannot be overcome by the distribution of condoms." He added: "On the contrary, they increase the problem." In other words: Teaching safe sex and supplying people with the tools to have it undermine the fight against the disease. I guess a "True Love Waits" campaign would better discourage unsafe sex than handing out condoms, that the sin of premarital sex is scarier than this deadly disease. Or is his thinking that AIDS is the appropriate punishment for premarital hanky panky?

You see, I'm just asking, because when you look at the numbers, statistics and other fact-y things -- for an example, go here -- Pope Benedict's position on condoms is, in my humble opinion, nothing short of evil.

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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